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Plot your escape to one of the West's best islands--places so lovely you won't want your time there to end

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Oahu, HI
Erin Kunkel

Oahu, HI

If you think of Oahu only as home to Honolulu’s glittering hotels, the island’s more natural side will surprise you. But leeward Oahu carries you back to a sleepier, rural Hawaii. Frenetic Waikiki can be serene, once you experience it from the water. And windward Oahu, has a pleasing small-town vibe, along with world-class beaches. When you're looking for an alternative to Honolulu's bustle, check out Kailua. One visit and you'll be tempted to stay.

More: Kailua: Oahu's low-key paradise


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